This delicious classic old-fashioned cream cheese pound cake recipe is perfect for dessert after family dinners, special occasions, or a holiday celebration.
Easy Pound Cake Recipe
The moist cake is easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients that you most likely already have.
The creamy combination of butter, cream cheese, and shortening helps create a dense and decadent cake that everyone will love, and I’m sure it will become one of your favorite recipes.
Years ago, my husband and I worked for a company that built natural gas pipelines. I handled the payroll out in the field, so I stayed in an air-conditioned office (thank goodness because I am a wimp in the heat).
But, we worked a minimum of 72-hours a week. We were there to get the job done and move on to the next.
I loved the job, but it didn’t leave a lot of time for baking. We were always away from home on the jobs, so we stayed in hotels, apartments, and finally, we got a 5th wheel.
The job took us to places like Iowa, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and so many other states.
We didn’t typically bring a lot of items to bake or cook big meals. Plus, we were so tired at the end of the day, we couldn’t see spending a lot of time making anything.
But, we were very blessed with some pipeliner wives that would bake for us. And, we loved them dearly!
The old fashioned cream cheese pound cake recipe came from one of the wives, and it might be some of the best pound cake I’ve ever eaten. It’s good stuff and it’s an easy recipe to make.
There were definitely several jobs that I gained weight with the treats that the wives brought in.
This pound cake has a crunchy and golden brown top when cooked. I flipped it over and drizzled some powdered sugar icing on top and it made an already amazing pound cake even yummier!
What Do I Need To Make This Easy Pound Cake Recipe?
- Large bundt pan
- Non-stick spray
- Hand mixer
- Large bowl
- Cream Cheese
- All-purpose flour
- Vanilla extract
Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.
How To Make The Old Fashioned Pound Cake Recipe From Scratch
- Cream butter and shortening in a large bowl. Add the sugar and continue to cream.
- Add the softened cream cheese and mix again until fluffy.
- Alternate adding the eggs and flour while mixing.
- Finally, add the vanilla and mix.
- Pour into a prepared pan and bake for one hour and 15 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool, flip over, and drizzle with icing or frosting. Or, add a dollop of whipped cream.
How To Make Pound Cake – Step-By-Step Instructions
Add the softened butter to the bowl.
This is a large recipe, so make sure you have a large enough bowl to mix up the ingredients. I almost ran out of room, but I was able to get it all in.
The classic pound cake recipe is dense, but has oh such a buttery flavor and is a moist cake.
Add the shortening and sugar and cream it together with an electric mixer.
Cream the ingredients until they are fluffy. It won’t take too long if you’ve softened your butter.
Add the softened cream cheese and cream again.
I set the cream cheese out on the counter for about an hour so it would soften.
Cut the cream cheese up into smaller pieces and add them to the bowl before stirring.
If you have an Aldi’s grocery store nearby, they usually have very low prices for cream cheese.
Alternate adding the eggs and flour.
The recipe calls for six eggs and three cups of flour. You can add two eggs at a time and then the flour.
Add the flour and mix together on low to medium speed.
Add the vanilla and mix in.
See how full the bowl is?! I need a bigger bowl for these types of recipes. It smells soooo good!
If you have a KitchenAid or something similar, the bowl of a stand mixer should be large enough for the recipe.
This old-fashioned cream cheese pound cake recipe is dense and creamy and rich. You really don’t need any frosting on it, but you can add some.
I added a thin powdered sugar frosting that I mixed up and poured over the pound cake. It gave it a touch more sweetness and a bit of crunch when it dried.
If you love chocolate, try this homemade chocolate cake recipe.
Grease the baking pan and pour the batter into the pan.
The pound cake will rise a bit, but it won’t overflow. Plus, it will be nice and crunchy on the top when it bakes. Mmm… I love the crunchy part of the cake.
Bake for one hour and 15 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
I use a long and thin cake tester, similar to this one, because I can test it in the center of the cake and it won’t really leave a mark.
I like the longer cake testers because a pound cake is thick and dense and you’ll want to know if it’s baked all the way through.
Let the pound cake cool and turn it over on a cake plate or plate.
You can also gently turn it over and allow it to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
Optional: Add some frosting.
I mixed 1/2 a cup of powdered sugar with a teaspoon of vanilla and a teaspoon of milk. If too thick, add more milk. If too thin, add more powdered sugar.
Or, try some insanely delicious cream cheese frosting.
You can even add a scoop of ice cream to the side, or top it with some fresh fruit.
Can you make a pound cake in a bundt cake pan?
Yes! I made this pound cake in a bundt cake pan. For the best results, be sure to grease it well so it won’t stick to the sides and it will slide right out once it cools.
There were some little grooves in my bundt cake pan, so I made sure I got down in all of the cracks with the non-stick spray.
How long can you keep homemade pound cake?
I would refrigerate this pound cake because it has cream cheese in it.
If you place the old fashioned cream cheese pound cake in an airtight container it will stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week (if it isn’t all eaten first).
Other Pound Cake Recipes
- Lemon pound cake recipe – it’s amazing how good a little bit of lemon juice and lemon extract can taste in cake.
- Chocolate pound cake with chocolate frosting – this recipe features sweetened condensed milk for a cake that is amazingly delish.
The Best Pound Cake Recipe
Check out the classic cake recipe card below and get your ingredient checklist ready, and start baking! This is a great original pound cake recipe any time of the year, especially around the holidays, and I think you’ll love it.
Then, share your comments below and be sure to share a picture of your cake on the Pinterest Pin! If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share with us so we can try it, too!
- 1 cup butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3 cups sugar
- 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 6 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325-degrees.
- Cream the butter and shortening together.
- Add the sugar and continue to cream.
- Add the cream cheese and beat until light and fluffy.
- Alternate adding the flour and eggs and mix until completely blended.
- Add the vanilla and mix.
- Pour into a greased bundt pan.
- Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
Nutritional information is approximate.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9.75gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 56mgCarbohydrates: 43.55gFiber: 0.6gSugar: 29gProtein: 4.5g
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